I can usually be found entertaining Monkey Man in the following ways on any given day: shooting Little Tikes hoops, watercolor painting on giant paper, taking a trip to Target or the mall, attending a story time or playgroup outing, and playing trains. Throw in a little T.V. (I do need to get things accomplished) and some meals and that pretty much sums up a day in the life of us. Hey, you, wake up! I know this is fascinating stuff.
I believe that a little bit of parent-controlled, age-appropriate television is totally acceptable for children. (Even some reruns of Sex and the City are pretty educational, but Monkey Man doesn’t stay up that late). But today was a rainy, icy, floody, generally yucky day and it did not warrant us braving the elements outside. I wasn’t feeling too productive inside, either, so I decided to throw my T.V. rules out the drafty window and let Monkey Man have at the magical, glowing box. After all, he is almost 3 years-old and fully capable of sitting on the couch by himself and devouring a delicious day of non-stop television.
I will now list, in no particular order, the shows Monkey Man watched today accompanied by my reviews:
· My Friends Tigger & Pooh – This is CSI for preschoolers. Pooh and Tigger are sleuths with the help of some girl. The real mystery - Who killed off Christopher Robin?
· The Upside Down Show – I don’t even know what this show is about because it’s on at 7 a.m. and that for me is an ungodly hour. I can barely pay attention throughout the day, forget at this time. However, I have seen that they are two grown men with cool Austrailian accents and the show elicits cackling laughter from Monkey Man so I give it 2 thumbs up.
· Dora the Explorer – This show guarantees that my tot will totally ACE the Standardized Preschool Entrance Exam in the subject of Spanish. Whew – load off my mind.
· Ni Hao, Kai-lan - A Dora rip off, but in Chinese. This show guarantees that my tot will totally ACE the Standardized Preschool Entrance Exam in the subject of Chinese. (Now HE can order my General Tso’s Chicken.)
· Wow Wow Wubbzy – I have no idea what this show is about since I have yet to sit through 20 seconds of it but the website says “Each half-hour episode promotes positive values like honesty, tolerance, fairness, and cooperation.” So sounds like fine T.V. for the unattended preschooler. And the little person who lives in our house gets freakishly excited when it comes on.
· Yo Gabba Gabba – Simply stated, the creators were smoking crack and watching Teletubbies when they came up with this brilliant one.
· Wonderpets – Some might argue this, but these animals are just so darn CUTE. And they are quite the animal rights activists helping animals in trouble and all.
· Sesame Street – God Bless this show. I do not need to teach my child one thing because Maria, Big Bird, Grover, Elmo and the rest of the gang do ALL the work for me. Can I get an “Amen”?
· The Wiggles - this wasn’t on today but deserves a mention in that it will NEVER be on in my house. It is blocked on my T.V. with the V-Chip – if I’m not exposing Monkey Man to violence and sex, I’m certainly not exposing him to this show. I don’t know what it is about it, but it makes me want to gauge out my eyeballs with forks while hanging from the rafters by my toenails. Because that would be more pleasant.
This concludes our marathon day of T.V. made for the little ones. Oh, there are plenty more quality viewings that I could leave for another day – one that comes to mind is The Doodlebops. You know what, I’m going to save some time. Just read my Wiggles review. Then stick a vat of boiling tar under my suspended body. And release.